Birmingham, Ala. (CBS ATLANTA) — A Facebook feud led to the fatal shooting of a 14-year-old Alabama girl after the social media dispute turned into a deadly planned brawl at a park.
The Birmingham Police Department says Kierra’onna Rice, 14, was shot and killed on Friday evening during a planned fight with several other girls at a park on Washington Avenue, WVTM-TV reports. The fight, which investigators say spilled over from a Facebook dispute, was intended to be videotaped and then posted online.
As the fight ensued, two teenage boys allegedly pulled out guns and started shooting, killing Rice and wounding two others who are expected to recover, WIAT-TV reports.
Birmingham police arrested two suspects who were identified by witnesses. The names of the suspects, ages 17 and 19, have not been released until formal charges are filed.
Several friends and community leaders expressed their shock and sadness at the incident.
“She was a good person,” friend Diamond Davis recalled to WVTM. “She never had any trouble. She was never in anything. She was a good person. She liked to help people.”
Herman Henderson, a Birmingham pastor and president of the Stop the Violence movement, said it’s time for parents in the community to step up to the responsibility of raising their children.
“We going to reach these daddies, we going to reach these mothers, and we’re going to tell them this is senseless,” Henderson told WVTM. “Where are they getting the guns from? Where are they learning to be so violent at a young age? What happened to the curfew that was put in place?”